BUDDA SUPERDRIVE V SERIES 40W

Opening up the V and having a good look inside, we find a host of thick, good quality purple PCBs blended with expert hand-wiring for the best compromise between value, reliability and tone. Maxing the drive puts us firmly in the classic rock camp – for screaming modern rock or metal, Budda’s Super Drive 45 Series II might be a better option. If that’s your bag, try it! Despite the recent upheaval in manufacturing, it seems that the Budda ethos of providing USA-made, boutique-style versatile rock amps for less than top-class money isn’t lost on the V Series. Our Verdict Budda amps have their own sound going on, the V delivers a huge sonic punch and blends boutique cleans with classic rock distortions. Master, bass, middle, treble, drive, rhythm.

Since then, Peavey has taken on manufacturing and marketing duties whereas previously, according to Peavey, Budda’s manufacturing had been subcontracted to several outside sources. The V, however, delivers anything from thunderous Zeppelin rock rhythms to Cream or Peter Green wailing solos. One issue you find with having a shared feature set is balancing their respective attacks and volumes. On the inside, it seems nothing much has changed since the manufacturing switch. Hard-hitting classic rock-style distortion. Utilising a solid pine construction with dovetailed corners, the Budda cab is voiced specifically to provide an extra midrange punch. Our Verdict Budda amps have their own sound going on, the V delivers a huge sonic punch and blends boutique cleans with classic rock distortions.

Budda Superdrive Series II V-40 review

Our Verdict Budda amps have their own sound going on, the V delivers a huge sonic punch and blends boutique cleans with classic rock distortions. All of the electronics are housed in a thick-yet-lightweight aluminium chassis, helping relieve the weight of the typically large Budda head cab – the result is a perfectly luggable 14kg. One issue you find with having a shared feature set is balancing their respective attacks and volumes.

There’s also an effects loop send and return as well as a sedies input with a slave level control.

The drive channel is certainly a beast. Budda is famous for its big, crisp cleans and mid-gain rhythm tones, and here the V doesn’t disappoint. The Budda Superdrive V is the boutique maker’s first new amplifier to hit the UK since it superdriive a ‘strategic alliance’ with Peavey in The V’s overdrive gets grainier, sfries and creamier by the time you crank it past the halfway stage on the Drive and the master volume controls. If that’s your bag, try it! The volume issue in this case, can be overcome by utilising the interactive Drive controls of both channels, however, what works for one, doesn’t always work for the other.

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Since then, Peavey has taken on manufacturing and marketing duties whereas previously, according to Peavey, Budda’s manufacturing had euperdrive subcontracted to several outside sources.

We found that the Thick control operates best as a lead enhancer; when it’s engaged your solos will bulldoze through a band mix. It’s serie great platform for cleaner tones and really forces its way through a band mix, though in isolation it can sound a little hard. There’s ample gain for rock or heavy rock players who need more hair and fizz around the edges, though it retains the cut and attack of a cleaner tone. Opening up the V and having a good look inside, we find a host of thick, good quality purple PCBs blended with expert hand-wiring for the best compromise between value, reliability and tone.

Hard-hitting classic rock-style distortion.

Image 2 of 4 The Superdrive V has an old-school aesthetic in-keeping with Budda’s trademark style. Unfortunately, this feature isn’t foot-switchable and can only be activated via the front panel. The V’s rhythm channel has a spongy, sensitive touch and offers bold, clean Fender-type tones with plenty of suprrdrive end straight off the bat.

Maxing the drive puts us firmly in the classic rock camp – for screaming modern rock or metal, Budda’s Super Drive 45 Series II might be a better option. On the inside, it seems nothing much has changed since the manufacturing switch. The fan’s subtle hum when the V is in operation isn’t too intrusive and, in most cases, should be fine for studio work. Sonically, the V Series offers something a little different to the rest of the Budda range: Image 3 of 4 The tuxedo vinyl finish is very nicely applied.

Superrdive goal behind this is to ensure the same reliability found in other Peavey products, while retaining the tones for aeries Budda has become so highly regarded, thanks largely to its Superdrive 18, 30, 45 and 80 models, with their distinct purple and black styling.

Image 4 of 4 The Budda’s boutique styling is very appealing. It’s all very in-keeping with Budda’s recognised vibe, so it fits in with the rest of the range and looks suitably boutique.

Superdriv bright switch adds more top-end sizzle to the rhythm sound giving it a brittleness that’s better suited to darker, humbucker-equipped guitars than single-coils. Budca the V is a closed-back 2 x 12 Budda cab.

Around the back we have a mini-switch impedance selector that offers your usual 4, 8 and ohm options next to two speaker outputs. Despite the recent upheaval buddw manufacturing, it seems that the Budda ethos of providing USA-made, boutique-style versatile rock amps for less than top-class money isn’t lost on the V Series.

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Budda amps have their own sound going on, the V delivers a huge sonic punch and blends boutique cleans with classic rock distortions. Even with medium gain, we get an injection of thudding, gig-ready volume and relentless attack.

Budda’s 2 x 12 offers masses of presence when paired with the V and really pumps out the low and mid-range frequencies with relentless force. We get more dirt and push from the midrange, not to mention colossal volume levels – the V is certainly no bedroom delight, this thing is designed to rock on the big stage, even at low-volume levels.

Image 1 of 4 The first Budda amp to emerge since the amp makers formed an allience with Peavey. On the inside we find a pair of Budda Phat inch loudspeakers that have been hand-wired along with a PCB input. Those amps continue to spearhead the Budda amp line, covering a fair amount of sonic ground, from crisp cleans to versatile modern overdrive tones. As we push the drive knob towards 12 o’clock we quickly go from country clean to a gritty blues rhythm tone, which responds brilliantly with single-coil-equipped guitars and has a squashy, American tonality characterised by those 6V6s – it’s like you’re squeezing the notes out of the amp.

The V Series is all-new, however: The 6V6 powervalve’s plastic bases are independent of any PCB and are fixed onto the chassis. There’s also a plastic fan situated next to a large output transformer to keep everything nice and cool. Considering its depth and solid pine construction, the 2 x 12 is again cartable at around 14kg and suits the dimensions of the V head perfectly.

The preamp valve-bases, however, are mounted directly onto the PCB, which is becoming par for the course in this type of amp.

Budda Superdrive Series II V review | MusicRadar

Master, bass, middle, treble, drive, rhythm. It has that hard-hitting, ribcage rattling Marshall-esque character, though with a softer feel and harder mid-range voice. Cons Neither mid nor treble seriies options are foot-switchable.

Pull bright on rhythm control, pull ‘thick’ on mid control, pull channel select on master volume, series effects loop, slave out with level. The V we have here offers a welcoming old-school aesthetic, courtesy of the smart two-tone tuxedo vinyl covering, purple Budda logo and cheese wedge knobs.